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Thanksgiving service project at Provo MTC will help feed 140,000 families


Sister Isabel Galland, 21, of Orem, and Elder Joseph Cottam, 19, of Yorkshire, England, and other missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prepare meal donations at the Missionary Training Center in Provo on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

The numbers for the Provo Missionary Training Center's annual Thanksgiving Day service project are staggering — some 350,000 meal kits to provide food for 140,000 families, all packaged by 1,516 missionary volunteers in just two hours.

That was the result from the efforts Thursday, Nov. 28, as missionaries were divided into production teams over two hour-long shifts and packaged bags of Thai noodles at dozens of tables set up in the MTC campus' underground parking facility.

It marked the seventh year that the Provo MTC has used a Thanksgiving holiday to help the nonprofit Feeding Children Everywhere. offers more details and photos from the day’s service project.

Earlier in the day, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles joined his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, and 10 of their grandchildren in providing a Thanksgiving Day devotional at the Provo MTC.

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